The Chicago Cubs are in a bit of a curious situation in regards to trading or re-signing Jeff Samardzija. The Cubs direction since Epstein and Hoyer took over has been big contract attrition / build the farm system. The farm system is nearly ready to start providing some major roster contributions. This off season they showed a willingness to re-start spending big money on free agents when they became a major player in the Tanaka sweepstakes. With the money they didn't spend on Tanaka, you'd think re-upping the Shark could be a distinct possibility. They will also have a weak FA market this year. Signing Samardzija gives you one less arm to pursue in a thin market. On the flipside, he's THE big target for this years big deadline deal. He's done nothing but drive his value up so far this season. If you can get a couple top 30ish prospects and/or some young, not yet established talent (like a Gausman) do you do it? By the time you have 2-3 of your AA/AAA bats up and going with the big league club, the young players you get would hopefully start making meaningful contributions about the same time. Which direction would you go and why?